Thursday, November 17, 2016
This week the hosts of Nonfiction November are asking us to pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
This prompt has, for some reason, stumped me before but this year I looked at my favorite nonfiction reads for the year and immediately knew what pairing I could feature.
Katherine Boo's Behind The Beautiful Forevers was one of my favorite books this year, the true story of life in Mumbai's ghettos. It's an impressive read but I think I had a special attachment to it because it brought me back to one of my all-time favorite books, Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us, the story of Bhima, a slum dweller who has worked for twenty years in the home of Sera, a Parsi woman with a very conflicted relationship with Bhima.
For something that's a little tougher read (which I really enjoyed but it's a tough one for a lot of people) that also looks at life in Indian ghettos and the class battles, I might suggest Aravind Adiga's White Tiger. Much less likable characters but brutally realistic as well. I'd definitely recommend this one on audiobook.
What pairing would you recommend?